• Patrick Cheenne

    new working modes | marketing | innovations

    Hello there !


    A co-director with happens since 2018, I dedicate most of my time to building taylor-made solutions to help companies and organizations in setting up new working modes, that aim at making collective action more meaningful, and at giving more autonomy to individual actors. The benefits of such a strategic transition are, first, to increase motivation and commitment within and across teams, to upgrade performance through icreased agility, second, and subsequently to promote the emergence of a sustainable growth strategy, based upon change by design.


    I am also following up on my marketing and business development practice, as a consultant for innovative technology companies as well as a teaching professionnal at Polytech Paris-Saclay. Lastly, I help real-estate and town-planning consortia in building complex proposals in large public tenders such as Réinventer Paris and other major projects.


    What I bring to all my clients is a very operational mix of experiences in technology and international markets, a refined know-how in managing innovative and complex projects, and years of practice in public policies regarding urban and economic development (see Experiences hereunder or my LinkedIn profile for more on my professional background).


    When I'm not working on these various business fronts, I spend quite a lot of time trying to understand and represent the many complex systems that populate the universe. This has been a work in progress for several years now, under the codename Ectocene, and I hope to publish my early results sometime in 2019.

  • A European by birth (Belfast, UK), I somehow pursued nomadism as an education between Ethiopia, France, Togo, and the US. I guess this journey gifted me with an outsized curiosity, English as a deep-wired second language, and possibly framed my interest for innovation as a pathway to emerging realities.

    photo CartO

    CartO & CartO+

    Development of a mobile app for the local life

    2016 > 2018

    Terre & Cité was created in 2001 by a group of farmers, and has grown to encompass the other stakeholders (municipalities, environmental groups, citizens, companies) involved in development of Plateau de Saclay and surrounding valleys that are home to 800,000 inhabitants 20km south-west of Paris.

    CartO is an opensource application, both web and mobile, aiming at exploring this territory as much as living on it on a daily basis.

    logo Expliseat


    Marketing Strategy

    summer 2015


    Expliseat's TiSea is revolutionizing air transportation by making planes both lighter (by the tons) and wider.


    2015 was a turning point in the international marketing strategy and process for the company that has since brought remarkable success in sales.


    logo Proto204


    Project Leader

    2013 > 2015


    Launched in 2014 by the Paris-Saclay Development Authority, PROTO204 is a 200 sqm collaborative and open space dedicated to innovation, creativity and sharing with the local creative communities.


    Since opening, PROTO204 has hosted over hundreds of events, and thousands of attendees, students, researchers, startupers, designers, artists, entrepreneurs and citizens,


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    Paris-Saclay Development Authority

    Director Economic Development

    2012 > 2015

    Paris-Saclay is one of the largest and most dense R&D clusters in Europe, situated 20 km south-west of Paris, labelled a national priority, and hosting already some of the top education and research facilities, both public and private. The project is multidimensional, and will involve developing over 2 million sq meters of research, education, housing and corporate facilities and joined investments in the range of 20 billion Euros, in the next 15 years.

    logo Hubtech21



    2005 > 2012


    Hubtech21 (now French Tech Hub) supported European technology companies in developing sales on the US markets (from Boston and San Francisco offices), and positioning as niche leaders in biotech, medtech, optics & IT. Clients included Amplitude Laser, Ariana Pharma, Cellectis, HGH, Hybrigenics, Imagine Optic, Institut Pasteur, Kayentis, Mauna Kea Technologies, Quantel, Spring Technologies.

    logo Essonne Développement

    Essonne County Development Agency

    Deputy Managing Director

    1999 > 2007


    Heading a small team, I designed and implemented a service-based approach to support companies growth in both outward trade & inward investment., notably around emerging technology clusters clusters Saclay & Genopole.

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    Greater Nancy Development & Tow-Planning Agency

    Project Manager

    1992 > 1999


    As a project manager in urban development, I first worked with local governments and real-estate professionnals, before movng to investment promotion and managed location projects, especially with the callcenter industry with high results in jobs creation (2,000+)

    City of Nancy


    1989 > 1992


    I started my career as an economist with the mayor Office, working on employment, business real-estate and clusters.

  • sources of information and inspiration

    News & The Web

    Some of the sources in feed on regurlarly ; twitter is another abundant provider

    (in alphabétical order)


    A few suggestions based on quality of content rather than novelty

    • Thinking Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman
    • Antifragile, Nassim Taleb
    • The tipping point, M. Gladwell 2000

    Gladwell extends the idea of the tipping point from natural to social phenomena, from epidemics to fads, insisting that we can discover the scientific principles that govern both. (from NYT review, 2000)

    Levine explores the remarkable effect and power of subtlety on effective persuasion, the great illusion of personal vulnerability, and the unlikely similarities across a wide range of persuasive strategies, from parents to con men to lovers to religious leaders. (from the publisher)

    What made the U.S. an economic superpower, Florida argues, was not its factories or raw materials or even military might alone – but the people it attracted to its shores from around the world. There are ominous signs indicating that attractiveness may be waning.

    The authors find that contrary to popular belief, cutting edge innovation is not a prerequisite for sustained economic vitality—and that China is a perfect case in point. (from YUP, 2011)


    Le capitalisme d'héritiers (en Français), Thomas Philippon 2007


    La crise française est d’abord le fruit de relations sociales marquées par l’insatisfaction et la méfiance. Le capitalisme français peine en effet à promouvoir les plus créatifs et les plus compétents, et tend à privilégier l’héritage et la reproduction sociale dans le recrutement de ses élites. Issu d’une histoire longue et complexe, il a aujourd’hui un coût économique très lourd et largement sous-estimé.